Selected Vehicle Safety Systems at a Glance
Accident researchers and road safety experts all agree that the number of accident victims can be dramatically reduced with the support of driver assistance systems. On the one hand, the biggest possible market penetration is essential here. But even when supported by additional safety systems, drivers still have to drive in a manner appropriate to, among other things, the road and visibility conditions. After all, even with the best, most advanced systems, drivers cannot shift the boundaries of physics. On the other hand, a whole range of basic preconditions has to be met to ensure that the systems function effectively – including, for example, a functioning brake system (mechanics, hydraulics/pneumatics, sensors, actuators and electronics). Additionally, the systems must not be disabled. Some systems operate at whatever speed the car is traveling, others just at certain speeds. Below are brief descriptions of how selected assistance systems function. The system names and functional scopes designated by the manufacturers may differ from those used below. Drivers are advised to always carefully read the instructions before enabling these systems.